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Mountain Views News Saturday, August 10, 2013 

PUSD STAR TEST RESULTS RELEASED - Sierra Madre School Tops The List


 Pasadena, CA --- Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD) test scores on the 2013 
Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) 
exams mirrored statewide results and 
dipped slightly, according to results released 
August 8 by the California Department of 
Education (CDE). STAR tests are administered 
each spring to students in grades 2-11.

 “The progress at most of our schools could 
be defined as steady,” said PUSD Superintendent 
Jon R. Gundry. “The effects of the 
long-term school funding crisis are visible 
in this year’s scores. With our limited resources 
the decision was made to focus on 
the future and prepare for the introduction 
of the new Common Core Standards and 
the transition to the next generation of assessments 
rather than intense preparation 
for a lame-duck assessment test.

PUSD has undergone a rigorous process of 
rewriting the district curriculum and planning 
professional development for educators 
in preparation for the transition to 
Common Core Standards and the next generation 
of curriculum and assessments. For 
more information of the transition to Common 
Core, please visit

50 percent of PUSD students scored proficient 
or above in English Language Arts 
(ELA), down 2 percent from 2012 but an 
increase of 28 percent since 2003, the year 
the STAR tests became fully aligned with 
state standards. 45 percent of PUSD students 
scored proficient or above in math, a 1 
percent decrease from 2012 and an 18 point 
jump from 2003 scores.

San Rafael Elementary led the district in 
overall improvement in ELA, rising 10 percent 
in one year and 21 percent over five 
years. San Rafael Elementary also led in 
overall math improvement, rising 12 percent 
in one year and 23 percent during the 
same period. Home to the district’s dual 
language immersion program in Spanish, 
the school was also the pilot site for Artful 
Connections with Math, an innovative district 
program that uses standards-based visual 
arts lessons to target key math learning 

Sierra Madre Elementary once again 
topped the district in overall achievement 
in ELA with 79 percent of students scoring 
proficient or above. Sierra Madre Elementary 
and Roosevelt Elementary led in math 
with 81 and 80 percent of students scoring 
proficient or above.

While not reflected on this round of data 
reporting, a serious testing irregularity occurred 
during the administration of the 
STAR tests last spring at Norma Coombs 
Alternative School. In one classroom students 
reported that they were encouraged to 
check their work during the test, a violation 
of test rules. When discovered, the district 
promptly reported the incident to CDE officials. 
Possible sanctions include the school 
not receiving an API score for 2013 and 

Visit for complete school, district 
and state data or visit for more 
PUSD data and charts. Individual student 
test results will be mailed home within the 
next few weeks. Academic Performance Index 
(API) scores will be released by the state 
in September.

Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Headmaster John Higgins



LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Gilbert Barraza


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther Salinas

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:


351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 Website:


234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:


325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:


1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:


(StatePoint) School is a great place to learn, play and make friends. Unfortunately it’s also a great place for germs to get very well acquainted….
with your family! With 20 to 30 kids in a classroom and even more on the playground, it’s hard to avoid the germs that cause 
such illnesses as colds, flus and more.

Three-time Gold Medalist, wife and busy mom of two, Christie Rampone knows the importance of good health. As captain of the U.S. 
Women's Soccer Team, she travels over two hundred days a year, often with her young children in tow. So stress, fatigue and staying 
healthy are daily battles. Since days off are not an option for Rampone, she is offering five "stay healthy" tips that parents can follow all 
school year long:

• Eat healthy: It's no secret, a balanced diet is key for a healthy immune system. By focusing on a variety of fruits and vegetables and 
avoiding processed foods and sugary snacks, your family will get the nutrition it needs to fight off germs during the school year.

“Some of my favorite healthy snacks are carrots, celery and apples. They are easy to pack and extremely nutritious,” says Rampone. "The 
trick is to create variety, because kids tend to grow tired of the same things quickly."

• Get plenty of exercise: Frequent, moderate exercise is important for good health and strong immunity. On a daily basis, encourage kids 
to play sports, run, bike ride or dance, all to keep their bodies fit, hearts pumping strong and minds happy. Better yet, join in on the fun 

• Sleep at least seven hours a night: Sleep is crucial to good health, both mentally and physically. A recent study showed that when you 
get less than seven hours sleep at night, you're three times more likely to come down with a cold or flu.

• Take supplements as needed: Government recommendations call for five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But how many 
of us really get them? To help fill the gaps, look for nutritional supplements supported by published clinical research, like those containing 
EpiCor, an immune-strengthening ingredient found in many dietary supplement brands sold in stores and online. Rampone, who 
has battled Lyme disease, which wreaks havoc on the immune system, has been using such supplements for herself and her entire family. 

• Don’t forget about you: As a parent, your first priority is usually the kids. But you need to make sure that you also take care of yourself 
too, especially during the chaotic school and work week. Make sure that you drink enough water and get a few minutes each day to relax 
and recharge your immune battery. 

More tips to keep kids healthy this school year can be found at

While you can’t avoid germs, you can take steps to strengthen your family’s immunity and overall health.


The Sierra Madre 
Farmer’s Market 
hours have changed 
to 3:00pm through 
7:00pm every 
Wednesday in fall 
and winter. Vendors 
include Dry Dock 
which has fresh and 
wild caught fish, Rustic 
Loaf with artisan 
breads, Cutie Pie with 
fresh pies and much 

For those interested 
in being a vendor 
contact Melissa Farwell 
with Raw Inspirations 
at 818-591-
8161 ext. 806.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


 Unlike many people I’ve 
talked to, I was not looking 
forward to this movie that 
much. While I have enjoyed 
the previous X-Men movies 
and Hugh Jackman has quite 
the amazing résumé, this movie 
did not seem as good as its 

 After traumatizing 
events have forced him to live 
a solitary life, the Wolverine 
(Hugh Jackman) is summoned 
back to Japan by a mysterious 
woman (Rila Fukushima). He 
discovers that an old friend is dying and wishes to offer 
Logan a special gift: the chance to live a normal, mortal 
life. However, after he accepts, he is challenged by the most 
dangerous foe he’s ever faced.

 This movie has two very large weak points. One, 
the plot very simple and predictable and, two, none of the 
action scenes use much CGI to make them look better. ‘The 
Wolverine’ is one of the weaker installments in the X-men/
Wolverine franchises.